What does candle mean?

Definitions for candle
ˈkæn dlcan·dle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. candle, taper, wax light(noun)

    stick of wax with a wick in the middle

  2. candle, candela, cd, standard candle(verb)

    the basic unit of luminous intensity adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites; equal to 1/60 of the luminous intensity per square centimeter of a black body radiating at the temperature of 2,046 degrees Kelvin

  3. candle(verb)

    examine eggs for freshness by holding them against a light


  1. candle(Noun)

    A light source consisting of a wick embedded in a solid, flammable substance such as wax, tallow, or paraffin.

    Etymology: From candel, from candela, from candeo; see candid.

  2. candle(Noun)

    The protruding, removable portion of a filter, particularly a water filter.

    Etymology: From candel, from candela, from candeo; see candid.

  3. candle(Noun)

    A unit of luminous intensity, now replaced by the SI unit candela.

    Etymology: From candel, from candela, from candeo; see candid.

  4. candle(Noun)

    a fast growing, light colored, upward-growing shoot on a pine tree in the spring. As growth slows in summer, the shoot darkens and is no longer highlighted to one's view.

    Etymology: From candel, from candela, from candeo; see candid.

  5. candle(Verb)

    To observe the growth of an embryo inside an egg, using a bright light source.

    Etymology: From candel, from candela, from candeo; see candid.

  6. candle(Verb)

    To dry greenware prior to beginning of the firing cycle, setting the kiln at 200° Celsius until all water is removed from the greenware.

    Etymology: From candel, from candela, from candeo; see candid.

  7. candle(Verb)

    To check an item (such as an envelope) by holding it between a light souce and the eye.

    Etymology: From candel, from candela, from candeo; see candid.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Candle(noun)

    a slender, cylindrical body of tallow, containing a wick composed of loosely twisted linen of cotton threads, and used to furnish light

    Etymology: [OE. candel, candel, AS, candel, fr. L. candela a (white) light made of wax or tallow, fr. candre to be white. See Candid, and cf. Chandler, Cannel, Kindle.]

  2. Candle(noun)

    that which gives light; a luminary

    Etymology: [OE. candel, candel, AS, candel, fr. L. candela a (white) light made of wax or tallow, fr. candre to be white. See Candid, and cf. Chandler, Cannel, Kindle.]


  1. Candle

    A candle is a solid block of wax with an embedded wick, which is ignited to provide light, and sometimes heat, and historically was used as a method of keeping time. A candle manufacturer is traditionally known as a chandler. Various devices have been invented to hold candles, from simple tabletop candle holders, to elaborate chandeliers. For a candle to burn, a heat source is used to light the candle's wick, which melts and vaporizes a small amount of fuel, the wax. Once vaporized, the fuel combines with oxygen in the atmosphere to form a flame. This flame provides sufficient heat to keep the candle burning via a self-sustaining chain of events: the heat of the flame melts the top of the mass of solid fuel; the liquefied fuel then moves upward through the wick via capillary action; the liquefied fuel finally vaporizes to burn within the candle's flame. As the mass of solid fuel is melted and consumed, the candle grows shorter. Portions of the wick that are not emitting vaporized fuel are consumed in the flame. The incineration of the wick limits the exposed length of the wick, thus maintaining a constant burning temperature and rate of fuel consumption. Some wicks require regular trimming with scissors, usually to about one-quarter inch, to promote slower, steady burning, and also to prevent smoking. In early times, the wick needed to be trimmed quite frequently, and special candle-scissors, referred to as "snuffers" until the 20th century, were produced for this purpose, often combined with an extinguisher. In modern candles, the wick is constructed so that it curves over as it burns, so that the end of the wick gets oxygen and is then consumed by fire—a self-trimming wick.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Candle

    kan′dl, n. wax, tallow, or other like substance surrounding a wick: a light.—ns. Can′dle-berr′y, the wax-myrtle, also its fruit: the fruit of Aleurites triloba, the candle-berry tree; Can′dle-bomb, a small glass bomb filled with water, exploding on being held in a candle-flame; Can′dle-coal (same as Cannel-coal); Can′dle-dip′ping, the method of making candles by dipping instead of moulding; Can′dle-end, the end-piece of a burnt-out candle; Can′dle-fish, the eulachon, a deep-sea fish of the smelt family found along the north-west coast of America, producing eulachon oil: another West American fish, resembling a pollock—the black candle-fish or horse-mackerel; Can′dle-hold′er, one who holds a candle to another while working—hence one who renders another slight assistance, or humours him; Can′dle-light, the light of a candle, illumination by means of candles: the time when candles are lighted; Can′dle-light′er, one whose business is to light the candles: a spill; Can′dle-pow′er, the illuminating power of a standard sperm candle—a unit of luminosity; Can′dlestick, an instrument for holding a candle, originally a stick or piece of wood; Can′dle-wast′er, one who studies late; Can′dle-wood, the wood of various West Indian and Mexican resinous trees.—Burn the candle at both ends, to waste in two directions at once.—Not fit to hold a candle to, not fit even to be some one's inferior, not to be compared with.—Sell by the candle, to offer for sale as long as a small piece of candle burns, the bid made just before it goes out being successful.—The game is not worth the candle, the thing is not worth the labour or expense of it. [A.S. candel—L. candela, from cand-ēre, to glow.]

Editors Contribution

  1. candle

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles.

    Myself and my fiance love our scented candles, we use them with love.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 10, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'candle' in Nouns Frequency: #2205

Anagrams for candle »

  1. lanced

  2. Declan

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of candle in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of candle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of candle in a Sentence

  1. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    In the very darkness of a stupid society, even a little candle deserves a great honour!

  2. Harry Savage:

    To me, citronella only protects the candle.

  3. Buddha:

    Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

  4. Newt Gingrich:

    If Thomas Edison invented electric light today, Dan Rather would report it on CBS News as candle making industry threatened.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    When the wisdom speaks, be silent. Do not waste your candle when the sun is there.

Images & Illustrations of candle

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